In Mario Party 8, a whimsical ringmaster named MC Ballyhoo and his talking hat Big Top, has invited Mario, and the rest of the crew to his carnival, the Star Carnival. It's a perfect setting for the dynamic spectacle of the Wii game play. Mario Party 8 keeps the surprises coming with mini games that draw upon the Wii Remote’s motion, pointing and button control in a variety of ways. Players always know how to jump into the action by watching an animated tutorial that shows how to use the Wii Remote.Following tradition, Mario Party 8 takes the social, strategic game play of board games and adds breaks for quick, action-oriented mini games. In the main mode, players travel across six boards in search of Stars, landing on spaces that are helpful (example: giving coins) or a hindrance (example: sending Bowser in to jeopardize the player). Several variations for these boards tweak the main goals to enhance game play for solo sessions, two-player games and three- to four-player games.
Green Candies (makes impact before the player moves)
The Vampire Candy is a green Candy in Mario Party 8. It has a picture of a blue Swooper on the wrapper, and when a player uses it, they transform into a vampire. As a "Vampire" Character, they spin the dart wheel to determine how many coins they will steal from the other players. They then steal the coins by bouncing on their opponents.
The player transformed into a vampire will have a purplish hue on them, as well as red eyes. When Yoshi, Birdo, or Blooper use the candy, their eyeballs are yellow with red pupils.